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Learn how to become a Nevada Naturalist

Posted 8/23/2017

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension offers adult volunteer program

Botany hike

Nevada Naturalists participate in a botany hike along the Frist Creek trail at Red Rock.

Nevada Naturalist, a University of Nevada Cooperative Extension program, is looking for interested adults to participate. If you love the outdoors, this program is for you! The Nevada Naturalist Program educates and trains adults interested in learning about the natural resources in southern Nevada. Participants study natural resources, environmental education and interpretation, laws and regulations, and environmental issues.

The focus of the program is to give a broad understanding of nature to participants interested in learning, volunteering, teaching, and participating in conservation projects and issues. The program will also give participants the skills and confidence necessary to make a difference for environmental stewardship and conservation in Southern Nevada.

The program is open to individuals of all backgrounds. The fall semester begins Sept. 11, 2017 on Monday’s and Wednesday’s from 6-9 p.m. Field trips are scheduled on Saturday’s at various times and locations. The cost is $195 per which includes all program materials, refreshments and some field trips. For more information on this program, or to register, please email or call Denise Parsons at 702-948-5906. Semester two will be offered in the spring of 2018.

Topics include site stewardship, regional plants and animals, invasive species, geology and soils, environmental laws, taxonomy, biological diversity, and more. Classes are held in the spring and fall in a variety of settings including classrooms, museums and in the field. Additionally, students complete a project intended to increase their capacity and knowledge about specific issues that interest them. Participants receive a certificate following the completion of the course and their projects.

The Nevada Naturalist Program is sponsored and coordinated by Cooperative Extension. The program capitalizes on the incredible expertise of individuals and organizations in Southern Nevada who are partners and participating instructors.

Along with Cooperative Extension, participating partners include The Henderson Bird Preserve, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas Museum of Natural History, Clark County Wetlands Park, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, National Park Service and Nevada Department of Wildlife.

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